Rookie report: Generation next stepping up

We always have an eye on the future.

Each week the nib Newcastle Knights will identify the best performers from the Canterbury Cup NSW and Jersey Flegg competitions so the supporters can get a feel for who is consistently performing in the lower grades.

These are the players to keep an eye out for as they climb the ranks or knock on the door for a future NRL debut.

BRADMAN BEST

The centre made his Canterbury Cup debut on Sunday.

Having played a handful of games in the Jersey Flegg this season, the 17-year-old got his first taste against men at the elite level and he more than held his own.

While he came off at halftime due to hamstring tightness, Best showed physical attributes beyond his years with several strong carries and leg drive against a big Warriors outfit.

MAT CROKER

The prop was the best on ground for the Jersey Flegg Knights on Sunday.

A junior NSW Origin representative, the Nabiac product was outstanding with a tireless work ethic to his game.

The 19-year-old pushed out a 60-minute effort in the middle against the Warriors with his hard runs setting the tone in attack.

CHRISTIAN MAANAIMA

Maanaima started the season in the SG Ball side and has been promoted to the 20s competition.

Having shown consistency in the under 18s competition, Scott Dureau rewarded the prop with his Jersey Flegg debut.

A New Zealand product, Maanaima represented Samoa in the under 18s Test team last year.

He started in the front row of the Knights’ 30-12 win over the Warriors on Sunday.

LUKE HUTH

This name features in the rookie report almost weekly.

An Australian Schoolboys representative, the teenager took it to the opposition.

A clever rake who picks his moments, Huth plays beyond his weight.

The hooker has had a stellar start to 2019 and the Round 8 Jersey Flegg win over the Warriors was no different.